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  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... in opiate-related overdose deaths and criminal incarceration related to drug abuse, the opiate epidemic is ... in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same way ... continue reading
  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, worried parents keep naloxone on hand, law enforcement officers carry the medication in case of ...

    ... much quicker than the nasal spray. If the signs and symptoms indicate a life-or-death emergency, giving the medication via ... to patients who are at risk of an opiate overdose. What's more, a variety of community ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, while prescription opioid use disorders, ... the Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which guides medical professionals on how they can recognize symptoms of ... continue reading
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  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other opiates are used. And if Suboxone tablets ... Pro-Suboxone Movement Suboxone has a much lower risk of overdose than methadone . And once you take a dose, the ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. ...

    ... An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he ... was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... the entire painkiller market. Rise of the Opiate Industry Looking back, this astronomical rise in ... increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include a severe ... continue reading
  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its approval in 1995, tramadol has become a household name. In 2013 alone, over 43 million tramadol prescriptions ...

    ... S. For years, this drug was thought of as the safe opiate. Then, in 2010, the FDA became a bit more cautious ... ER visits were linked to tramadol, and 379 overdoses involving tramadol were reported in Florida alone. With ... continue reading
  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... off the drugs with little to no withdrawal symptoms experienced. It's the promise of a painless ... drug sales and the medical costs associated with overdoses, opiate addiction is an epidemic that touches and affects ... continue reading
  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the human brain similarly to an opiate , although there is no conclusive clinical data proving how the ...

    ... Kratom for six months or more experienced severe opiate withdrawal symptoms, and another 45 percent experienced mild withdrawal ... another. Additional Reading: Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone maintenance program for at least 1 year will likely change your life for the better and help you commit ...

    ... clinics may only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or they may not be able to ... up to one year. History of withdrawal symptoms (experienced currently or in the past). Try ... continue reading
  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment ...

    ... drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT ... or eliminates your symptoms. There is also a relatively low risk of overdose when using buprenorphine ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... with respiratory depression, two additional signs of an opiate overdose include small, contracted pupils and unconsciousness. Respiratory depression, being the most alarming symptom, is the last to occur in the opioid ... continue reading
  • Everything You Need to Know About Methadone Maintenance Treatment

    Sometimes it's better to substitute one drug for another. This is called harm reduction and it can make a serious difference in your health and well-being. Methadone is a drug that is frequently used in replacement therapy for heroin or other ...

    ... receptors (just like heroin), it prevents symptoms of opiate withdrawal and alleviates the cravings that cause ... associated with methadone is overdose. The risk of methadone overdose becomes significantly greater if ... continue reading
  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related emergency room admissions involve a combination of both drugs and alcohol. Poly-Drug Abuse ...

    ... of Russian roulette. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines ( ... increase the risk of overdose and death. Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a ... continue reading
  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was revealed that tramadol, an addictive synthetic painkiller believed to be as powerful as morphine , is ...

    ... of Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription opiate medication, but it's regularly sold as an ... quite difficult to quit using it), but overdosing is quite common. Symptoms can involve seizures and a fast collapse. ... continue reading
  • Yes, Suboxone is Sober & The Truth About Suboxone

    In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription pain medication. During that same time, as many as one in four people who received opioids for treatment of long-term pain in primary care settings struggled with an ...

    ... heroin use has also been on the rise and heroin overdose death rates have increased by 20.6 percent from 2014 ... these medications, you'll experience some type of withdrawal symptom . Does this mean you're addicted? No, ... continue reading
  • The 7 Most Addictive Prescription Medications

    Prescription drugs are commonly given to people suffering from with injuries or illnesses. They're legal when you've been prescribed the medication by a legitimate medical provider. However, these drugs still can be addictive when taken as ...

    ... opiate-based painkiller that can cause euphoric effects when it's abused. It also causes serious withdrawal symptoms ... . Taking OxyContin in this way can lead to overdose; abusing the drug in these ways has caused ... continue reading
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  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... , a vegetative state, and death The Importance of Rescue Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is not breathing, it is critical to perform rescue breathing to begin circulating oxygen ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad ...

    ... ? Simply put; with this knowledge, scientists may be able to stop the most deadly effect of an opiate overdose : respiratory arrest. Now that researchers know where and how the drugs interact with the brain and stop ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... more than tripled from 2,402 in 2007 to 8,260 overdose deaths in 2013. During this same time, the Substance ... many cases, is now cheaper and easier to obtain than opiate pain pills ever were. In 2013, a report by ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a look ... 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription opiate-related overdoses since 2000. In 2015, 227 million opiate prescriptions were written in this country. With statistics like these, we ... continue reading
  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So, how much do you know about ...

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part of its overall threat is the lack of public knowledge and awareness. So ... continue reading
  • Watch the Fahrenheit With Your Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This medication is 50 times stronger than heroin and, needless to say, it can be very addictive. Fentanyl can be delivered ...

    Fentanyl is an opiate (narcotic) pain reliever typically prescribed to people for severe, ongoing pain or after surgery. This ... in summer and early fall can easily result in overdose. If you don't have access to air ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    ... to add in baggies of heroin . Just this year, officials have already seen a noticeable uptick in heroin overdoses, which they attribute to the growing prevalence of carfentanil in the States. And because it's so ... continue reading
  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of his stated policies involves increasing access to naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose from ...

    ... them to take more risks and push the envelope as they seek higher highs from opiates. Indeed, many users overdose more than once - some multiple times before learning their lesson. Each time, naloxone brings ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

    ... taking it abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea ... the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease the numbers at risk. ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl: The Newest Lethal Injection Ingredient

    Fifty times stronger than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug. ...

    ... than heroin , the synthetic opioid fentanyl is flooding the drug market - and heightening the danger of overdose. In search of cheaper mixes and stronger highs, dealers now lace heroin and cocaine with this potent drug ... continue reading
  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain after an accident, post-surgery, or for a chronic condition. It's accepted for common use throughout ...

    ... Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use comes with the risk of ... share the top slot for most common cause of overdose-related fatalities. Is It Worth The Risk? Do these ... continue reading
  • The F-Word: 3 Fast Fentanyl Facts to Remember

    With his heart pounding, Officer Harrison approached the warehouse. His dreams of fighting crime never included this scene. He wasn't chasing a fugitive; he wasn't even trying to arrest anyone. The other officers had already taken the dealers down ...

    ... the “ black box ” is the FDA's strongest warning, and it cautions about the risk of abuse, addiction, overdose and death . Fact Three: Abusing fentanyl or mixing it with other drugs can be deadly. Gary was looking ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about ...

    ... increased six-fold between 2001 and 2014. In 2014, heroin use caused more than 10,000 deaths by overdose . That same year, 586,000 Americans had developed a substance use disorder involving heroin. Heroin-related ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its symptoms can be managed. What are some of the physical withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription painkillers. With the massive amount of drugs flowing in and out of large cities, there's certainly no ...

    ... included OxyContin, Percocet and other morphine-based opiate drugs. The research also showed that girls were ... , risk of overdose and even death from these opioids.” The Rise of Rural Opiate Dependency One reason ... continue reading
  • Methadone Maintenance is Finding Success Behind Bars

    According to data from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, approximately 2.3 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and 65 percent of this population meets the medical criteria for ...

    ... who tapered off. One month later, 18 percent of the tapered group self-reported they had returned to opiate use, compared to just 8 percent of the inmates who continued methadone maintenance. “For most of these ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... before. Afterwards, she felt no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. She was happy to feel free and was ... effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There' ... continue reading
  • Vivitrol's New and Controversial Role in Prisons

    When I was in prison, the majority of inmates struggled with substance abuse. And because the prison system did very little (if anything at all) to rehabilitate us, it wasn't unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or ...

    ... unusual for those who were released to almost immediately overdose or return to prison a few months later with ... injection once per month for six months were opiate-free 90 percent of the time, said Emily Feinstein ... continue reading
  • 7 Signs You May Be Addicted to Tramadol

    Tramadol is an opiate analgesic prescribed for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. The drug works by changing the way your brain and nervous system respond to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people ...

    ... to pain. Because Tramadol is a milder form of opiate medication, people falsely believe the drug is not ... records. Tampering with medications. #7. Physical symptoms. Using Tramadol even as prescribed can result in ... continue reading
  • Big Pharma: Are They Advertising Addiction?

    Pharmacological companies do not have a good rap. They've been known to bury bad news, which has had an effect on people's health, and therefore their lives. Whether it's not testing drugs properly, as with the case of thalidomide (caused defects in ...

    ... up with nonaddictive alternatives. When a patient is prescribed morphine, that patient runs the risk of being addicted to the opiate . It's not much of a win-win situation for the doctor. On the one hand, the doctor ... continue reading
  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a massive number of people on prescription painkillers. Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and ...

    ... . Abuse of morphine, an extremely powerful and addictive opioid results in thousands of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side ... continue reading
  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and work by blocking the pain signals sent to your brain. ...

    ... it fogs your mind as it floods your brain's opiate receptors. As a result, thoughts are unclear and ... s Just Not Worth It Have you experienced any of these symptoms? If you or a loved one struggle with Percocet abuse ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... . However, drug abusers say it has the power to increase euphoric effects when used in combination with drugs like opiates or benzos. In 2013 alone, gabapentin played a role in 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze ...

    ... What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents to ... constipation drugs. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of drug abuse . Image Source: en. ... continue reading
  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained her wrist, but the pain in her left shoulder was unbearable. Suzanne dislocated her shoulder and ...

    ... surprise, Matthew revealed he'd also struggled with opiate addiction. But it was what he said next ... mild stomach upset, Suzanne barely noticed any withdrawal symptoms . Paying it Forward and the Greater Good Today ... continue reading
  • Countering the Myths About Methadone: Is it Right for You?

    Methadone maintenance has been around for years as an effective treatment for opioid dependency . Yet, its use remains controversial, and there's seemingly no end to the myths and false information aimed at discouraging anyone from using it as a ...

    ... decades without harm. However, methadone - like any opiate - can be dangerous if taken inappropriately. Myth ... Myth #5 - Methadone Use Leads to Increased Overdose Deaths if You Relapse Methadone is an opioid, ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... s Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine ... tests, the rodents also appeared less susceptible to fatal overdose, as the researchers found that it took much longer for ... continue reading
  • CDC Wants Medicaid to Restrict Access to Methadone for Pain

    Methadone is in the hot seat again. Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Medicaid to restrict access to the drug, citing that methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for ...

    ... methadone - when prescribed for pain, not for opiate addiction - accounted for one in four prescription opioid ... , as recent reports discovered a correlation between overdoses and accessibility to methadone. In fact, the ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug ...

    ... how sleep disturbance is a risk factor in drug addiction recovery. And with the number of opioid-related overdoses having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant discovery - one that could help millions in ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin ...

    ... 2015, there were 12,979 gun homicides and 12,989 heroin deaths. Heroin has also surpassed its cousin opiates - traditional opioid painkillers . For the first time in decades, there were more deaths due to heroin than ... continue reading
  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for her dose of methadone. Five years ago, Kathy decided she needed help to break her Vicodin addiction. ...

    ... wanted to get clean. While Kathy didn't go through opiate withdrawal, she still gets sick if she doesn't ... that methadone provided a way to help keep his withdrawal symptoms at bay. What Peter wasn't focused on was ... continue reading
  • CDC Issues Urgent Call for More Needle Exchange Programs

    The controversy over needle exchange programs is nothing new. It's been debated for decades. What's new is the CDC's latest report that shows a change in trends. According to the recent report , new HIV infection numbers are growing and we don't ...

    ... put rural white communities “at much greater risk of new HIV infections than ever before.” In fact, the opiate crisis has had such an impact on these communities that whites who inject drugs now have more HIV diagnoses ... continue reading
  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - such as opiates. Researchers monitored the use of prescription medication by participants enrolled ...

    ... . She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes ... with marijuana dispensaries had a reduced number of opioid overdoses. Another paper , published in a Journal of ... continue reading
  • Three Lethal Drug Combinations That Can Kill You

    We all know that certain drugs can cause dangerous interactions when taken together, but some people either don't take the threat seriously or they're simply uninformed when it comes to specific chemicals and substances. Most Dangerous Drug ...

    ... , fentanyl , carfentanil , and a lesser-known synthetic opiate known as U-47700 . It resembles concrete or ... intoxication, which can more easily lead to accidental overdose. Whether you're deep in the throes of ... continue reading
  • Is the Trump Administration Revamping the War on Drugs?

    In 1971, President Nixon declared the “War on Drugs,” labeling drug abuse as “public enemy number one.” The creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed soon after; they were charged with enforcing federal regulations and ...

    ... one-trillion dollars being poured into the initiative. The opiate epidemic became a nationwide health crisis ; not a moral ... plan to halt our nation's rising overdose and dependency rates. Additional Reading: The ... continue reading
  • Portrait of the American Overdose: Do You Fit the Profile?

    Overdoses from illicit drugs and prescriptions painkillers claim a total of 45,000 lives in the US each year. Who are the people typically among these tragedies? You might be surprised. Statistics show that the profile many Americans envision ...

    ... Substances: Taking more than one type of drug at a time also increases the risk of overdose. For example, combining opiates with alcohol can cause respiration to slow to a lethal rate. Mixing heroin with pain pills ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate ...

    ... other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings released earlier this month by the Centers ... of people ages 54 to 64 who died from opioid overdoses . To put these alarming statistics into perspective, more ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... the euphoria - a feat reportedly achieved in a key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is as effective as existing long-acting opioids, according ... continue reading
  • Mars vs. Venus: How Does Gender Affect Prescription Drugs?

    When the book Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus hit book shelves back in 1992, it was a huge hit. By highlighting the differences in men and women, the book's theory is still solidly ingrained in our culture. Though gender equality has ...

    ... years, women, millions of them, were essentially overdosing on Ambien?” Effects of Other Drugs Naturally, Ambien ... have indicated that, if women become addicted to opiate painkillers , they are more likely to relapse. ... continue reading
  • Addiction in the Medical Field: Balancing Healing and Hiding

    Medical professionals work hard to heal the sick, but underneath those white lab coats and cartoon scrubs, many are secretly struggling with the disease of addiction. Working in the healthcare field can feel like a pressure cooker at times. The ...

    ... Oxycontin , Percocet , Xanax and Klonopin for a quick boost of energy or a stress reliever. Others use opiate pain relievers as a remedy for aching back muscles or unbearable shoulder pains after a long shift. What ... continue reading
  • The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its accessibility. Users can attain it ...

    Buprenorphine, the generic name for Suboxone, is a medication used to treat opiate dependence - it helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It's often an essential part of a person's recovery plan, mainly due to its ... continue reading
  • Let’s Play: How Much Do You Really Know About Drug Schedules?

    Have you ever heard someone mention a Schedule I or Schedule II Controlled Substance? Most of us have seen these labels, but what exactly do they mean? Let's break down this drug scheduling system to get a better understanding of controlled ...

    ... III drugs include: Tylenol with Codeine (painkiller) Suboxone/Buprenorphine (used for treating opiate addiction) Anabolic steroids (variations of testosterone, used for treating hormonal issues) Ketamine ... continue reading
  • Could This Inexpensive Medication Reduce Your Withdrawal Symptoms?

    Withdrawal. It's a huge hurdle on the path to recovery. Those struggling to leave opioids behind know they'll eventually have to face the intimidating mental and physical effects of withdrawal. It's a powerful and frightening thought. Some of ...

    ... the creation of a more effective treatment method for the symptoms of withdrawal. Dr. Trang says their next steps ... Pain Clinic. Additional Reading: I'm Having Opiate Withdrawals - Am I Addicted? Image Source: ... continue reading
  • How to Get Off Suboxone: 3 Steps to Take When Quitting

    Approved by the FDA in 2002, buprenorphine - brand name Suboxone and Zubsolv - is now the “go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be prescribed by physicians in the comfort of ...

    ... go-to” drug for medication-assisted treatment with opiate addiction. Unlike methadone treatment, it can be ... to 20 percent each week. This will reduce withdrawal symptoms. It also decreases your chance of relapse, since ... continue reading
  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and now he's got ten pills left over in a bottle sitting in his medicine cabinet. If this scenario (or ...

    ... the other person) believe that it's safe, it's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that more than ... continue reading
  • Police Are Gearing Up to Face Down a Couple of Killers

    Guns won't help. A bullet-proof vest won't cut it. No badge, baton, hat, or handcuffs will stop the threat. The latest danger faced by law enforcement officials is a class of drugs that can kill on contact. Standard-issue equipment is no longer ...

    ... country. From 2014 to 2015, deaths involving synthetic opiates such as fentanyl increased by almost 75 percent. ... a nasal spray used as an antidote to treat opioid overdoses . Equipped with this drug, officers now have a ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to ...

    ... breathing become slow, shallow or labored? If a loved one exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether they've taken too much Xanax, or more likely, combined ... continue reading
  • 5 Scary Facts You Didn’t Know About Prescription Opioid Painkillers

    An opioid epidemic has swept the nation. Every day in America, approximately 50 people die from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Over the course of a year, that number grows to 18,250—which is enough to fill every seat at Madison Square ...

    ... from a doctor. Heroin is easier to get, it's cheap, and it produces a similar high. Risk of heroin overdose is especially dangerous because the drug is often laced with fentanyl , which can be deadly even in small doses ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can ...

    ... overdose if mixed with other substances. Can You Overdose on Xanax? Yes, it is possible to overdose on Xanax. While it's difficult to overdose ... to Problematic Use? Signs and symptoms of Xanax misuse can impact ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Tamper-Resistant Painkillers Aren’t Helping

    Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Nearly 5 million Americans, or 1.9 percent of the population, use pain relievers - or opioids - for non-medical purposes, according to a 2012 survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ...

    ... so, arguing that tamper-resistant formulations of drugs do not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose . In addition to increasing evidence that the overall number of deaths had not decreased, it was ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of ...

    ... of nationwide opioid-related deaths . West Virginia, with a population of 1.85 million, has the highest overdose rate in the nation. Why the Appalachian Region? What's going on in this misty-mountain region? Experts ... continue reading
  • Benzo Epidemic: A Killer Hiding in the Shadow of Opioids

    In recent years, opioid abuse has received a lot of attention - and for good reason. In 2014, 19,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids ; that's up 16 percent from 2013. But notice the wording; it's important: “Overdoses ...

    ... In 30 percent of opioid-related deaths , it's the combination of benzos and opioids that result in an overdose. So, why don't we hear more about benzo abuse? Well, that's a really good question. Benzo Stats Benzos ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... 're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half ... continue reading
  • Pop Quiz: Let’s Test Your Benzo Knowledge

    In 2013, 13.5 million adults filled a benzodiazepine prescription in the US. These drugs are used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and seizures. They are also highly addictive and frequently abused. How much do you know about this ...

    ... following quiz to find out. How many people overdose on benzos in the US each year? Click ... . Long-acting benzos, such as Valium, can cause withdrawal symptoms for up to 90 days. The second phase - Post ... continue reading
  • Druggie: The New Makeup Shade Making Ugly Waves

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know, drug addiction destroys ...

    Approximately 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, with drug overdose deaths continuing to rise. In fact, since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. As most of us know ... continue reading
  • Can a Label Really Stop the Abuse of Some Prescription Meds?

    Concerns over the risks of combining benzodiazepine and opioid prescriptions has 41 state health officials petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a new black box warning on both drugs' labels to warn patients and doctors of ...

    ... benzodiazepine prescription and the associated risk of death from a drug overdose , found that the risk of death from drug overdose significantly increased in a synergistic, dose-response fashion as daily benzodiazepine ... continue reading
  • 6 Things About Benzo Withdrawal You Might Not Know

    What are Benzos? Benzodiazepines (benzos) are an anxiolytic class of drugs that belong to a larger group of substances that can be categorized as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. 1 Benzodiazepines work by increasing inhibitory ...

    ... oral tablets prior to snorting them. 1 While fatal overdose with benzos alone may be relatively uncommon, misuse ... person to detox slowly and avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. 8 Tapering off of benzo generally involves ... continue reading
  • 7 Really Smart Ways to Save Money on Suboxone

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her ...

    ... from an acquaintance of mine lamenting about the exorbitant price of Suboxone. I'd known her to have a problem with opiates in the past, but it seemed like she was doing all the right things to get her life back on track ... continue reading
  • Introducing the Drug That Can Kill With a Single Dose

    Just when we'd thought we'd heard it all, an even more lethal drug concoction popped up on our radar. It's just the latest killer in the opioid epidemic ravaging our country. Dubbed “gray death” by authorities, this high-potency cocktail is ...

    ... some drug users' lives. “You don't know what you're getting with these things,” said Richie Webber, who overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin in 2014, told The Associated Press. “Every time you shoot up, you're literally ... continue reading
  • What’s New in the World of Tamper-Proof Bottles? (Does it Matter?)

    One in 20 Americans are popping pills that have been prescribed for someone else. And the CDC reports that most misused prescription opioids are obtained from family members - many of them stolen from medicine cabinets. We Need Solutions ...

    ... of our loved ones from developing or continuing a drug habit - or save some of our loves ones from overdose - isn't it worth the effort? What do you think? Are tamper-proof bottles really a good deterrent? Should ... continue reading
  • Virginia Wants Treatment - Not Jail - For Its Addicted Citizens

    During the four years I was in prison, I met hundreds and hundreds of women. Many were first-time, nonviolent offenders - and almost all were battling some type of chemical dependency. For those with substance abuse problems , incarceration did ...

    ... Commonwealth University, in partnership with the office of the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Additional Reading: How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates? Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research ...

    ... the most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide, roughly 69,000 people die each year from an opioid overdose. Taking the steps to quit can prevent further harm to yourself, your relationships, and to those who love ... continue reading
  • Let's Talk About the Elephant Tranquilizer in the Room

    It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It's 100 times more powerful than fentanyl . What is it? Carfentanil. Designed as a tranquilizer for elephants, this deadly substance has made its way into our nation's illegal drug market. ...

    ... bringing someone back from an overdose when carfentanil is involved. With overdoses mounting, the DEA scrambled to ... following safety measures : Watch for symptoms of exposure, which include difficulty breathing ... continue reading
  • Ryan Haight Act Stands in the Way of Buprenorphine Telehealth

    It's against state and federal law to use telehealth (remote medical services) to obtain buprenorphine for the first time; a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - often known by its brand names, Suboxone or Subutex. This law is known as the ...

    ... is less than 10,000 people.” Utah is seventh in the country in terms of per-capita overdoses. Nance attributes this startling number to prescription painkillers being a starting point for opioid dependency. He said ... continue reading
  • Counting Dangerous Sheep: Why You Should Stop Popping Sleeping Pills

    Here's a question for you: How much sleep do you get every night? As adults, the Centers for Disease Control tells us we require seven to eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Of course, we don't always get these hours. All ...

    ... for sleep disorders, but they are extremely addictive and pose the risk for serious side effects and overdose. Today, doctors are prescribing fewer of those dangerous pills. Instead, they've turned to a new class ... continue reading
  • Buckeye State Goes After Pharmaceutical Giants

    An estimated 200,000 Ohioans are addicted to opioids . State officials lay much of the blame at the feet of Big Pharma. State Attorney General Mike DeWine claims several industry leaders “helped unleash a health care crisis that has had ...

    ... sales and profits. And, as their numbers grew, so did the death tolls . From 2000 to 2015, Ohio drug overdose fatalities increased by 642 percent. By 2014, and again in 2015, Ohio had the greatest number of deaths from ... continue reading
  • What is Ativan? Is Ativan Addictive? Dangers of Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is one of the top 10 psychiatric drugs used in America. Many have taken it; many have abused it. What do you know about it? If you're like most people, your knowledge of Ativan is limited. Even those who use it are often unaware of its ...

    ... it can be life-threatening. Signs of Ativan overdose include: Loss of muscle control Low blood ... don't realize they're abusing Ativan . Some symptoms of Ativan abuse include: Taking more than prescribed ... continue reading
  • Turns Out Abusing ADHD Meds Won’t Get You on the Dean’s List

    Lindsay felt overwhelmed. With three finals and a term-paper deadline looming in her near future, she didn't know how she would survive, much less get good grades. She decided she needed a boost. She asked around until she found someone willing ...

    ... intervention efforts should emphasize the mental, emotional, and physical health risks, including abuse and overdose. Third, physicians who prescribe ADHD medications have to get on board. Researchers say doctors ... continue reading
  • Can a Judge Order Me Not to Get Pregnant?

    A judge in New York recently ordered a woman who's addicted to drugs not to get pregnant. While no one would argue that someone with an extreme drug problem should get pregnant, there are complex issues involved in ordering someone not to ...

    ... , poverty, crime, and more drug use. What Do You Think? Every day, about 92 people die from an overdose. And in rural areas of the nation, babies are being born addicted in record-breaking numbers. With so many ... continue reading
  • Doctor Shopping…at the Local Vet's Office?

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking medication that's prescribed to ...

    The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic ; each day, 91 people die of an opioid-related overdose . It has gotten so bad that some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get high - even taking ... continue reading
  • What We Learned From SAMHSA's 2015 Prescription Drug Study

    The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the prevalence, patterns and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the U.S. It's sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health ...

    ... in this country and consequences are on the rise, especially with the growing number of unintentional overdoses. By highlighting this critical issue through the comprehensive data produced from this study, society can ... continue reading
  • Good News: Dr. Reddy's Will Produce a Cheaper Generic Form of Suboxone

    Suboxone - a medication used to treat opioid use disorder - is sadly inaccessible to a lot of people due to one simple factor: cost. But that's about to change. Last month, a supplier of generic drugs - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories - was allowed ...

    ... expensive to some? And why are millions of American's still dying every year from opioid overdoses when there's treatment available? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently issued the ... continue reading
  • Is Your Friend High? Here’s How to Tell…

    Your friend seems a little “off.” Is he simply having a bad day? Did he not sleep well? Is he sick? Or is he high? To the untrained observer, it can be hard to tell. But it's important to discern. Depending on the circumstances, it could ...

    ... be a sign your friend is high (and possibly overdosing). (U)nexplained Injuries: Drug abuse results in quite ... drug use . Opioids are known for causing these symptoms. If you suspect your friend is struggling with ... continue reading
  • Study: Drug Forums Aren’t Very Helpful if You Want to Get Clean

    Libraries. Encyclopedias. Professors. Doctors. Pre-Internet, these were our top sources of information. If we wanted answers, this is where we looked. Fast-forward to modern times. With access to pretty much everything now at our fingertips, ...

    ... prevent harmful drug use and exchange knowledge, the sharing practices of drug forums “may lead to overdoses and other risky behavior, and thereby contribute to increased harms related to non-medical use of prescription ... continue reading
  • Desperate or Dealer: Officers Tasked With the Vetting Process

    Katrina was arrested in 2006 in South Florida for selling a small amount of heroin . Recently kicked out of a rehab for fraternizing with men, she was living between the couches of different “friends,” most of whom were on drugs or associated ...

    ... much worse. Nothing but heroin seemed to take the edge off her pain. At the young age of 29,Katrina overdosed and died. Who Takes the Lead? It's this kind of sad story that some police departments are trying to ... continue reading
  • Am I Addicted to Pain Killers? How Can I Quit Safely?

    If you've been taking pain killers for an extended time, particularly after the pain that originally prompted their use has subsided, you might well wonder whether you're addicted to pain killers. Though many people take pain killers following a ...

    ... am in pain, or am I only taking it because I feel like I might need it? “Am I experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as shakes, chills, headaches, or nausea when I haven't taken the medication at the normal time? “Am I ... continue reading
  • Are Benzos Overprescribed?

    We are an anxious nation. A whopping 40 million American adults are affected by anxiety disorders; that's 18 percent of the adult population! With such astronomical numbers, it shouldn't be surprising to learn anxiety disorders are the most ...

    ... . The next step is doing what you can to make the recovery process as painless as possible. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, while the tapering process can be lengthy. The following tips may help reduce side effects ... continue reading
  • Asking Yourself: Am I Addicted Benzos?

    If you think you might be addicted to benzodiazepines, you're certainly not alone. In 2011, an estimated 61,000 Americans sought treatment for benzo addiction. And that number has been climbing at an alarming rate ever since. The Benzo Specifics ...

    ... a good idea to be prepared for an extended withdrawal process. In fact, full resolution of benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can take up to 6 months or more. The acute phase lasts anywhere from seven to 90 days, while ... continue reading
  • Xanax Passes Marijuana as Second-Leading Cause of DUI

    When it comes to driving under the influence of substances that aren't alcohol, marijuana is the biggest concern for many Americans. Colorado has spent millions of dollars on a series of “ Drive High, Get a DUI ” commercials, while Washington ...

    ... to Xanax, a medically supervised detox is in order, as it helps to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Although the early stages of detox and recovery can be difficult, having a qualified medical team on ... continue reading
  • Study: Abuse of ADHD Meds is Beginning Earlier

    The abuse of ADHD medication is commonly associated with black-market Ritalin or Adderall on campus to aid last-minute cramming sessions. However, a recent study indicates the abuse of ADHD drugs begins much earlier than college. The Dark Side of ...

    ... years. In 2011, roughly 11 percent of those aged 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD, and symptoms were typically observed around the age of seven. Assumingly, if pre-adolescents are regularly using ADHD medication, then ... continue reading
  • 5 Alarming Facts About Benzo Addiction

    People tend to use benzodiazepines because they work, plain and simple. A group of prescription sedatives, benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act and are most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, namely under ...

    ... only taken a benzodiazepine at low doses as prescribed, you may still experience very difficult withdrawal symptoms. 5 It is this experience that typically prevents people from trying to quit benzos again. However ... continue reading
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